Lochsa River Rafting

Lochsa River Rafting

The Lochsa River is one of the best white water rivers in the world.  The Lochsa is a designated National Wild and Scenic River that originates on the western slope of The Bitterroot Mountains, far into the wilds of the Clearwater National Forest. The river quickly gains momentum as it cascades downstream and becomes a river that challenges boaters with countless “big water rapids”.  With close to 40 class IV rapids in our 20-mile “day run”, and 10 more in our “Epic” trips, every trip down the Lochsa is a true whitewater experience.

Our Riley Flats River Camp is the perfect place to warm up and relax while the crew prepares a hot meal that will satisfy any diet.  Gourmet meals, food from scratch, are all part of the Zoo Town Surfer experience.

Our guides are seasoned river professionals and will enhance your white-water experience while maintaining the overall safety of your trip.  We only hire kayakers and committed river folks here at ZTS which means one thing:  quality guides who have an intimate relationship with the rivers we play and operate on.

When you hear your guide shout “paddle forward!” you know that all the thrills and excitement of the Lochsa River is waiting for you just a few paddle strokes downstream.  Prepare yourself!

The Billy Goat
Experience the most popular section of the Lochsa River, the Goat Range.  Have you ever driven along HWY 12 and seen all of those kayakers, rafters, and surfers having so much fun on the Lochsa River?  Well now it’s your time to have some fun!  Over 18 class IV rapids will surely leave you with a grin on your face.  This is a great trip for first timers or folks on a time crunch.

Cost:  $75
Includes all necessary gear
No food, no stops.

Standard One-Day Trip
The Standard One Day Trip covers over 20 miles of the Lochsa River.  After floating the “middle 10”, we stop for a delicious lunch at Riley Flats, our private riverside camp.  Once your food has settled, it’s time to get back in the raft and crush the big rapids that are waiting for you in the Goat Range.

Cost:  $120
Includes all necessary gear
Lunch provided

Epic One-Day Trip
This river adventure is not for the faint of heart.  The Epic One-Day  trip covers over 30 miles of classic Idaho white water and includes rapids with names like Vortex, Fake Onno’s, Eye Opener, Triple Hole, Linebacker, and Ten Pin Alley.  We provide a snack halfway and delicious lunch at Riley Flats, our private riverside camp.*

Cost: $150

*Pre-Requisites for Epic One – Day Trip
Must be in good physical shape
Water levels must be between 5-7 feet at the Lowell Bridge Gauge
Must have prior rafting experience
Must be able to self-rescue
We reserve the right to cancel an “Epic Trip” based on varying river conditions

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FAQ's for Lochsa River

Will I have to paddle on this trip?

Yes.  There are 3 personal goals we include in our safety talk.  Stay in the boat.  Be a good self rescuer.  Have fun.  If you do not feel like you can paddle and be a good self rescuer, then the Lochsa might not be the best option for you.

Is there an age limit on the Lochsa?

The age limit is water level dependent. Early spring, it’s 16 and older.  Later spring, it’s 12 and over.

Where do we meet for Lochsa Trips?

We meet at Steve and Ann’s Wilderness Inn, Lowell, Idaho.  It’s mile marker 97.5 on HWY 12.  Also note, trips meet at 9:00am MST unless stated otherwise.

Do you provide all of the necessary gear?

Yes.  We provide helmets, wet suit, neoprene coat, personal flotation device, warm fleece, splash top, and booties.  We recommend bringing warm clothes for afterwards and synthetic layers during the trip.

What is the difference between the Epic, Standard, and Billy Goat trip?

The Epic trip is 30 miles.  (White Pine to Knife Edge)  It’s water level dependent.  Lunch and snack included

The Standard trip is 20 mile and is our most popular trip.  (Nine Mile to Knife Edge)  Lunch included

The Billy goat is 10 miles and covers the most popular section of the Lochsa River  (Fish Creek to Knife Edge).  No food.  No stops.

Do cellphones work in the area if I'm lost?

No.  Cell phone do not work in the Lochsa Drainage. If you need to contact us last minute, call Ryan’s Wilderness Inn (208) 926-4706

Is there a minimum # of people in order to float?

On busy weekends, we can accommodate groups of 6 or less.  If you want a custom time or date, we need a minimum of 6 people.

How do I get a discount?

Here is how you can get a 10% discount:

-bring 10 or more people

-veteran/active service member

-we also offer discounts to non-profits, school, and church groups, and AAA.